Quy Nhon Port handles record volume of cargo hinh anh 1Quy Nhon Port handles the 8 millionth tonne of goods this year on December 16 (Photo: VNA)

Binh Dinh (VNA) – Quy Nhon Port in the central province of Binh Dinh handled its 8 millionth tonne of goods this year on December 16, a yearly record for the port.

The 8 millionth tonne, owned by Maersk Line of Denmark, was transported by the Panamanian vessel Future.

Huynh Van Phuc, a representative of Maersk Line in Quy Nhon city, said the firm was proud to have helped the port receive the 8 millionth tonne of cargo. Since being equitised, Quy Nhon port has upgraded equipment and facilities to raise its capacity.

Director of the Quy Nhon Maritime Administration Vu The Quang said this year, the port has received fewer vessels, but the volume of cargo handled has increased by 800,000 tonnes from 2017 and is 300,000 tonnes above the annual target.

It has helped raise total cargo volume transported through ports in Quy Nhon city to 9.02 million tonnes for the first time, he added.

Chairman and Director General of the Quy Nhon Port JSC Le Hong Thai said the port is expected to handle another 200,000 – 300,000 tonnes of goods in the two remaining weeks of 2018.

With its existing facilities, the port is able to deal with 11 million tonnes of cargo each year, he said, noting it aims to handle 10 million tonnes of goods in 2019.

Quy Nhon Port, located in Quy Nhon Bay and next to international shipping routes, is the gateway to the East Sea of the south central and Central Highlands regions of Vietnam, as well as countries in the sub-Mekong region.-VNA